The 31 clinical programs housed within the M.D. Steer clinics in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) provide unique services and accessible healthcare to Greater Lafayette while also providing impactful experiential learning opportunities for SLHS undergraduate and graduate students under the supervision of expert faculty. The clinics help individuals with a variety of concerns related to speech, language, swallowing, balance and hearing across the life span.

Commitment to Diversity

We strive to create a safe, inclusive and affirming environment for all clients and staff. We hold a deliberately broad conceptualization of multiculturalism and diversity, with an effort to honor all the identities a person may hold, including racial identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious and spiritual beliefs, immigration and acculturation status, ability status, socioeconomic status and more. Multicultural care is a cornerstone of our practice and of the clinicians’ training. All clinicians complete a separate course in multicultural education and diversity topics, and many of them are also actively engaged in Purdue’s Clinical Psychology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as well as other committees and research projects focused on anti-racism, inclusive practices and prejudice reduction.

Our Clinics

M.D. Steer Audiology Clinic Programs

The M.D. Steer Audiology Clinic is home to a variety of professional diagnostic and rehabilitative services. A referral is not required for access to these services. Students in the accredited clinical program gain experience while working with patients seen at the clinic under the direct supervision of clinical faculty mentors.

ADULT DIAGNOSTICS CLINIC

Comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations are provided for adults with hearing difficulties. Evaluations include a thorough case history to understand each individuals’ communication needs and medical history, diagnostic testing to accurately identify ear and hearing disorders, counseling regarding the assessment results, appropriate referrals as needed, and collaborative creation of an individualized treatment plan to improve communication if needed. Specialized assessment techniques are available to evaluate ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and to monitor hearing for individuals undergoing certain treatments that may affect hearing, such as chemotherapy.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

ADULT HEARING LOSS INTERVENTION CLINIC

Services provided include the selection, evaluation, fitting and ongoing monitoring of amplification devices. Amplification options are recommended based on a thorough review of each individual’s communication needs and goals in conjunction with accurate diagnostic evaluation of hearing. Device fittings include hearing aids, Bluetooth accessories (e.g., remote microphones, TV devices), hearing assistive technology (e.g., FM systems) and bone-anchored hearing devices. Extensive counseling is provided regarding device use and management to obtain maximum benefit.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

AURAL REHABILITATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Assessment and intervention services are provided in conjunction with speech-language pathologists for individuals with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood. Individual and/or group intervention focuses on optimizing amplification with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and other assistive technology. In addition, the program provides comprehensive treatment to improve or develop auditory perception and comprehension skills, vocabulary and expressive communication skills, and effective participation in a variety of interactive situations.

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

COCHLEAR IMPLANT CLINIC

Comprehensive services related to cochlear implants are provided for pediatric and adult patients, including evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy, extensive counseling, and use of a collaborative team approach to determine the optimal cochlear implant to meet the individual’s needs. After surgery for implantation, services provided include initial activation of the implant, follow-up mapping sessions and troubleshooting of the devices.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

HEARING CONSERVATION CLINIC

The Hearing Conservation Clinic provides baseline and annual monitoring of hearing, including a thorough case history to understand the individuals’ noise exposure history both at work and home, medical history, specific job tasks, and communication needs at work. Additionally, the program provides education regarding the prevention of hearing loss as well as the selection, fitting and evaluation of hearing protection device-effectiveness in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.95 Hearing Conservation Amendment standard. Hearing protection devices include foam and pre-molded earplugs, musician’s plugs, earmuffs, custom earplugs and active level-dependent hearing protection options. Specialized testing is conducted to verify that the device is providing appropriate hearing protection.

Audiologists/Clinical Educator:

Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A

PEDIATRIC DIAGNOSTICS CLINIC

Comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessments are provided for children of all ages from birth to 18 years. Appropriate assessment procedures are selected based on the age and abilities of each child, and families are counseled regarding the outcomes of the assessment and provided with individualized recommendations and referrals as needed. The clinic accepts self-referrals as well as referrals from area hospitals, physicians, First Steps, the Greater Lafayette Area Special Services (GLASS), and school corporations.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

PEDIATRIC HEARING LOSS INTERVENTION CLINIC

Children identified as hard-of-hearing or deaf are provided with comprehensive, individualized follow-up and management services. These include extensive counseling about next steps and communication options; device fitting, including hearing aids, accessory devices and hearing assistive technology; close follow-up and monitoring; and communication with other service providers as needed (e.g., therapists, physicians, school teachers, etc.) to ensure each child receives optimal care and successful services.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

VESTIBULAR CLINIC

Comprehensive diagnostic assessments are provided for adult patients with dizziness and balance disorders. Assessment needs are determined through a triage system that couples clinician expertise with each patients’ reported symptoms. Patients are counseled about the outcomes of the assessment and referred to appropriate medical providers for treatment (e.g., ear, nose and throat physicians, neurologists, physical therapists, etc.). Assessment results assist physicians and therapists in developing customized treatment plans.

Audiologists/Clinical Educator:

Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A

WELLNESS CLINICS

Free hearing screenings are offered for adults on advertised days throughout the year. Counseling is provided for prevention of hearing loss and next steps for a comprehensive assessment if an individual does not pass the screening.

Audiologists/Clinical Educators:

Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

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M.D. Steer Speech, Language and Swallowing Clinic Programs

ADULT SPEECH AND LANGUAGE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT

This program provides evaluation and treatment of speech, language and cognitive disorders in clients with varying neurologic diagnoses, including but not limited to post-stroke aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s disease, other dysarthria or motor speech disorder). Clients are seen weekly for individual and/or group therapy. Therapy focuses on improving communication skills using a multi-modal approach.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC) CLINIC

This clinic provides evaluation and treatment services for severe speech and language disorders in adults with varying neurologic diagnoses, such as aphasia (post-stroke language impairment) and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s disease, dysarthria or other motor speech disorders). Both technological and non-technological solutions are examined to support communication across environments. Prescription for a speech-generating device may be made following evaluation. Therapy will address setup and training for the implementation of a client’s AAC device.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

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AURAL REHABILITATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Assessment and intervention services are provided in conjunction with audiologists for individuals with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood. Individual and/or group intervention focuses on optimizing amplification with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and other assistive technology. In addition, comprehensive treatment to improve or develop auditory perception and comprehension skills, vocabulary and expressive communication skills, as well as effective participation in a variety of interactive situations is provided.

Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Lata A. Krishnan, PhD., CCC-A
Melissa Newell, AuD, CCC-A
Jennifer Simpson, AuD, CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD, CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

BIRTH-THREE PROGRAM

This program provides early intervention services for children age 3 or younger and their families. Individual and group therapy sessions focus on collaborating with caregivers and sharing strategies associated with the development of communication skills in young children. Children with communication delays and their parents participate in a naturalistic, play-based setting. Birth-Three is held Friday mornings in the Child Center, Room 1018 on the first floor of Lyles-Porter Hall.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

BRAINBUILDERS GROUP

The BrainBuilders program seeks to maximize thinking, memory and communication in a social setting for those demonstrating mild memory losses and who may have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. Group cognitive-communication therapy is held weekly on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, in person or via telepractice. Individuals with more severe memory impairments due to dementia may also access services if needed.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

CHILD SPEECH-LANGUAGE DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT

Children and adolescents who experience communication difficulties are scheduled for a comprehensive speech and language evaluation. For those who are diagnosed with a speech and/or language disorder, weekly individual or group therapy services may be recommended.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Tamar Greenwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

GENDER AFFIRMING VOICE AND COMMUNICATION TRAINING PROGRAM

The Gender Affirming Voice and Communication Training program within the Purdue Center for Voice serves gender diverse and trans individuals seeking to adapt their voice and communication in a way that is safe and authentic, resulting in communication patterns that are congruent with their gender identity. Clients are guided to establish healthy and achievable goals, and they are in the driver’s seat when it comes to determining progress. Skilled training is provided in a structured approach to transfer new communication skills to everyday situations. This clinic provides affirmative therapy, or a non-pathologizing approach to clinical practice that accepts and validates all experiences of gender. The lead speech-language pathologist is registered on OutCare as a LGBTQ+ culturally competent healthcare provider.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP
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I-EAT SWALLOWING AND RESEARCH CLINIC

The Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Clinic is a highly specialized clinic with the mission of offering high-quality assessments and treatments to patients, provide hands-on training to clinical graduate students, and lead cutting-edge clinical research. This clinic features a c-arm for videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS), a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) station, surface electromyography (sEMG), respiratory physiology biofeedback devices, respiratory muscle strength training devices, oral manometers (IOPI) and numerous other evaluation and treatment materials. The supervisor is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S).

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Jaime Bauer Malandraki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH ARNETT HOSPITAL

The program is held at the IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana, where students evaluate and treat clients in an acute care and outpatient setting. Assessment and intervention services are provided for adults in the areas of dysphagia, motor speech, cognitive-linguistics and trach/vent. Videofluoroscopic swallowing studies are performed in collaboration with the radiology department.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Dawn Wetzel, MAT, CCC-SLP

INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH ARNETT OUTPATIENT

Diagnostic and therapy services are provided for adults in the areas of voice, dysphagia (swallowing), neurological and motor speech problems in an outpatient clinic setting. Videostroboscopy is performed by speech-language pathologists. The program is held at the IU Health Arnett Clinic on Greenbush Street.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Jaime Bauer Malandraki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

LARYNGOLOGY CLINIC

The Laryngology Clinic conducts voice and upper airway diagnostics and therapy with both children and adults in a medical private practice setting. Collaborative evaluations with the physician and speech-language pathologist include videostroboscopy and/or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). The clinic provides acoustic assessment, respiratory muscle strength testing and training, and evaluation and management of patients for tracheoesophageal prosthesis (TEP) after total laryngectomy. The clinical supervisor is LSVT-certified and registered on OutCare as a LGBTQ+ culturally competent healthcare provider. This program is held at Lafayette Otolaryngology Associates (Drs. Berner and Hillsamer), a multidisciplinary private medical practice in Lafayette, Indiana.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP

LITERACY LAB

The Literacy Lab integrates traditional speech and language therapy with Orton-Gillingham-based, multi-sensory/multimodal literacy instruction. The Literacy Lab is designed to improve literacy skills in students who demonstrate difficulty with reading (i.e., decoding, word recognition and comprehension), writing and spelling. Instruction is heavily focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, morphological awareness, vocabulary, oral reading fluency and comprehension utilizing evidence-based practice to build literacy skills in a fun and effective learning environment. The Literacy Lab is co-led by two licensed, certified speech-language pathologists who are highly trained in the prevention, assessment and treatment of reading difficulties and the science of reading.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:
Tamar Greenwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

PRAGMATIC LANGUAGE GROUPS

Pragmatic Language Groups are offered to provide opportunities for children, teens and adults with social communication difficulties to interact with peers, learn and practice skills for social interaction, and develop and maintain friendships/relationships. Weekly 90-minute sessions usually include interactive activities, outdoor time, crafts, whole group, small group and/or individual time with the assigned clinician. Focusing on both direct teaching and practice, social skills lessons are developed based on the needs of the participants and may include skills such as turn-taking, topic maintenance, compromising, accepting “no,” interruption, and more. Different groups are available at different times throughout the year for specific age groups.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Tamar Greenwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

PRESCHOOL LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The Preschool Language Program (PLP) is a play-based language-focused preschool for children ages 3 to 5 with developmental language disorders or developmental language disorders in conjunction with other diagnoses, such as speech sound disorders or hearing impairment. It is co-led by an early childhood specialist and speech-language pathologist. Language intervention is provided through daily classroom routines (e.g., group meeting time, snack time, outdoor play) and pull-out small group sessions. Each semester, enrolled children receive comprehensive and individualized speech/language assessments to monitor their progress and inform treatment. Peer models without developmental language disorders also attend PLP. PLP is a clinical program, which provides clinical education for graduate students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The program meets from 8:30-11:25 a.m. Monday through Thursday and follows Purdue University’s academic calendar. The program also closes for orientation of graduate clinicians during the first week of classes each semester.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educator:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Early Childhood Specialist/Educator:
Kalie Standish, MAE

PRESCHOOL SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING SCREENINGS

Speech, language and hearing screenings are performed at various preschools in the community, on-site at the clinic or virtually during the academic calendar year.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

PURDUE CENTER FOR VOICE

The Purdue Center for Voice is a comprehensive voice and upper airway clinic. The latest technology for acoustic and aerodynamic assessment is utilized to thoroughly evaluate a wide range of organic, neurogenic and functional voice disorders, as well as upper airway disorders (e.g., chronic recalcitrant cough or paradoxical vocal fold motion/VCD). Individualized treatment plans aim to restore optimal voice production, vocal health and coordination of respiration and laryngeal valving. The lead speech-language pathologist is LSVT-certified.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP

Gender-Affirming FAQ
Parkinson’s FAQ

QUICK ARTICULATION! PROGRAM

The Quick Articulation! Program provides assessment and intervention for kindergarten students who are at risk for or demonstrate mild speech sound disorders. The program uses an individual high frequency/high dose service delivery model and incorporates phonemic and morphological awareness to support speech, language and literacy development. The Quick Articulation! Program is held at a local elementary school in West Lafayette.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educators:

Tamar Greenwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

STUTTERING DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT SERVICES

The clinic offers a variety of programs to people who stutter and their families. Therapy is designed to meet clients’ individual needs. Therapy with preschool and grade school children consists of individual sessions combined with parent support/training groups. Adolescents and adults may receive both individual and group therapy. Treatment emphasizes changes in speech patterns and reduces the fear and embarrassment commonly experienced by those who stutter.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educators:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

SUMMER LANGUAGE TREATMENT/RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Each summer, a four-week child language intervention and research program takes place from mid-June to mid-July. Children who are 4 or 5 years old and meet the criteria established for research protocols participate in data collection tasks and intervention activities three mornings each week.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educator:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Child Language Lab Manager:
Pat Deevy, PhD

Learn more about the “Summer Fun” program.

SUMMER SPEECH TREATMENT/RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Summer Speech combines research on speech sound production and perception with speech therapy for 4- and 5-year-old children with speech delays. Eligible children have a significant delay in speech development without accompanying medical problems, hearing impairment or other developmental delays, but language difficulties may be present. Children participate in individual and group intervention activities and data collection tasks two mornings a week.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educators:
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Purdue employees and retirees, as well as community members, may have their speech, language and hearing screened on advertised days throughout the calendar year.

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Informed Consent and Release Form

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Demographic Survey & Emergency Contact Information

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Audiology Forms

Adult Audiologic Case History Form

Pediatric Audiologic Case History Form

Infant Audiologic Case History Form

Steer Clinic Authorization Form

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Speech-Language Forms

Child Speech-Language Case History

Consent for Telepractice

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Directions

Located in Lyles-Porter Hall on the Purdue University Campus

715 Clinic Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-3789

Please call our office if you need further assistance.

Map of campus showing location of the M.D. Steer Speech-Languge and Hearing Clinics